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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Nov 20, 2007 7:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Know what I ate? It's not what you think.

Yeah, good call...
there've been a lot of weirdos in America's supermarkets over the years.

Richard Deacon played the lead character "Wallace V. Whipple" in the 1964 Twilight Zone ep., "The Brain Center at Whipple's".

Mr. Whipple in Rod Serling's teleplay is a heartless CEO who lays off almost all of his workers when he completely automates the Whipple factory (manufacturer of household products such as Moist Towelettes, pantiliners and toilet paper.

Dick Wilson played grocer Mr. George Whipple, who told customers, "Please don't squeeze the Charmin!" in more than 500 commercials between 1965 and 1984.

Newer advertisement campaigns for Charmin, beginning in 2000, were named "Call of Nature" and focus on animated dancing bears happily preparing to use Charmin Ultra in the woods, a semi-subtle reference to the expression "Does a bear shit in the woods?"

As the spokesperson for Post Grape Nuts, Euell Gibbons' line, "Ever eat a pine tree?", drew attention to the product from consumers as well as from comedians.

Gibbons made the TV ads until he died on December 29, 1975.

(Rumors spread claiming that rumors were spread saying he had choked on a pinecone).

And everybody remembers "Mrs Olson", the lady who always had comforting words for young married couples while pouring Folgers Coffee in TV commercials.
But that actress, Virginia Christine, also had a memorable role as Hilary St. George, the racially intolerant co-worker of the Katharine Hepburn character in the film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967).

Watch that movie and you won't look at (or think of) Mrs. Olson the same way ever again!

And speaking of groceries we like to "squeeze", Wonder bread is known to several generations of youngsters as being very highly compressible.

Howdy Doody with host Buffalo Bob Smith told young audiences, "Wonder Bread builds strong bodies 8 ways. Look for the red, yellow and blue balloons printed on the wrapper."
By the 1960s Wonder Bread was advertised with the slogan "Helps build strong bodies 12 ways," referring to the number of unidentified added nutrients.

In 1995, the makers of Wonder Bread, Continental Baking was bought by Interstate Bakeries Corporation.

In 2000, a California jury in a racial discrimination suit against Interstate Bakeries Corp. awarded twenty plaintiffs $121 million, the second-largest award in U.S. legal history involving a private company accused of such wrongdoing.

In 2004, Interstate Bakeries declared bankruptcy, putting the future of Wonder Bread in some doubt.

Also, the term "Wonder Bread" is often used to describe stereotypical geeks.

Wonder Bread is also a lesser known symbol of the White Power movement. It's association of "wonder" and goodness with pure whiteness it a symbol of the Aryan nation, though its questionable health value serves as an ironic commentary as a symbol of white power.

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Nov 20, 2007 8:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Know what I ate? It's not what you think.

The weirdo riding around in a boat in a toilet should be flushed.

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Poster: estim8edI's Date: Nov 20, 2007 11:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Know what I ate? It's not what you think.

and if he was a dead fan that would make him the

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Apr 23, 2008 1:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mr. Whipple and The Tidy Bowl Man

Nov 19 ET LOS ANGELES - Dick Wilson, the actor and pitchman who played the uptight grocer begging customers "Please, don't squeeze the Charmin," died Monday. He was 91.

The man famous as TV's "Mr. Whipple" died of natural causes at the Motion Picture & Television Fund Hospital in Woodland Hills, said his daughter Melanie Wilson, who is known for her role as a flight attendant on the ABC sitcom "Perfect Strangers."
Over 21 years, Wilson made more than 500 commercials as Mr. George Whipple, a man consumed with keeping bubbly housewives from fondling the soft toilet paper. The punch line of most spots was that Whipple himself was a closeted Charmin-squeezer.
Wilson also played a drunk on several episodes of "Bewitched," as appeared as various characters on "Hogan's Heroes," "The Bob Newhart Show," and Walt Disney productions.
The first of his Charmin commercials aired in 1964 and by the time the campaign ended in 1985, the tag line and Wilson were pop culture touchstones.
"Everybody says, 'Where did they find you?' I say I was never lost. I've been an actor for 55 years," Wilson told the San Francisco Examiner in 1985.
Though Wilson said he initially resisted commercial work, he learned to appreciate its nuance.
"It's the hardest thing to do in the entire acting realm. You've got 24 seconds to introduce yourself, introduce the product, say something nice about it and get off gracefully."
Dennis Legault, Procter & Gamble's Charmin brand manager, said in a statement that Wilson deserves much of the credit for the product's success in the marketplace. He called the Mr. Whipple character "one of the most recognizable faces in the history of American advertising."
After Wilson retired, he continued to do occasional guest appearances for the brand and act on television. He declared himself not impressed with modern cinema.
"The kind of pictures they're making today, I'll stick with toilet paper," he told The Associated Press in 1985.
Procter & Gamble eventually replaced the Whipple ads with cartoon bears, but brought Wilson (as Whipple) back for an encore in 1999. The ad showed Wilson "coming out of retirement" against the advice of his golfing and poker buddies for one more chance to sell Charmin.
"He is part of the culture," his daughter said. "He was still funny to the very end. That's his legacy."
He was born in England in 1916, the son of a vaudeville entertainer and a singer. He moved to Canada as a child, serving in the Canadian Air Force during World War II, and became a U.S. citizen in 1954, he told the AP.
In addition to Melanie, Wilson is survived by his wife, Meg; a son, Stuart; and another daughter, Wendy.

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Nov 21, 2007 5:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Know what I ate? It's not what you think.

ghost! Perfect; absolutely perfect! I forgot the name of the product. I wonder if he would be a "Spinner?"

Enjoy your day,
--- AshesRising